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Eakins could be coaching for the Flames.
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04-16-2012, 11:07 AM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Toronto, ON
I want John Anderson, who's an assistant of the Yotes right now.
When he was the coach of the IHL/AHL Wolves, he won the league championship 4 times in 11 seasons and was a consistent contender throughout. Working with the AHL club, he's obviously used to working with younger players and AHL vets.
His goalies with Atlanta were an injury-prone Lehtonen and Hedberg the first year, and Hedberg and a rookie Pavelec the 2nd year. He was also under who is probably the worst GM in the last 10-15 years in Waddell.
Not the ideal enviroment for a first-time NHL coach. But he got a career year out of Todd White at 33, a renaissance for Kozlov at 36, two of Kovalchuk's best years (PPG-wise) were with him, Little had 30 goals as a rookie, Enstrom emerged as a PP QB. He can work with offensive players, and Feaster is clearly looking to make this in to a puckmoving team going forward instead of the (unsuccessful) gritty/defensive teams of the past.
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